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The Power of Architectural Drawing: The Sketches That Saved St. Mark's

04:00 - 24 August, 2017
The Power of Architectural Drawing: The Sketches That Saved St. Mark's, <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Study_of_the_Marble_Inlaying_on_the_Front_of_the_Casa_Loredan.jpg”>Study of the Marble Inlaying on the Front of the Casa Loredan, Venice. Pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour, 32 x 26.7cm</a> (1845) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of John Ruskin
Study of the Marble Inlaying on the Front of the Casa Loredan, Venice. Pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour, 32 x 26.7cm (1845) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of John Ruskin

This short essay, written by the author and critic Jonathan Glancey, coincides with the launch of the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize – a competition curated by the World Architecture Festival, the Sir John Soane's Museum, and Make. The deadline for the award is the 18th September 2017 and successful entries will be exhibited in both London and Berlin.

For John Ruskin, Venetian Gothic design in the guise of polychromatic gasworks in Brentford, ornate factory chimneys in Croydon, glistering gin palaces in Bloomsbury and even the well-meaning Reform Club in Manchester was nothing short of anathema. Even at their risible best, these flamboyant Victorian buildings were idle travesties of the influential 19th Century critic’s beloved Ca’ d’Oro and Palazzo Ducale adorning the Grand Canal.

Call for Entries: The 2017 Architecture Drawing Prize

10:30 - 11 July, 2017
Call for Entries: The 2017 Architecture Drawing Prize, "London in 2145" by Ken Shuttleworth, pen drawing by hand (2015)
"London in 2145" by Ken Shuttleworth, pen drawing by hand (2015)

Update: the deadline for this competition has been extended to September, 25, 2017 at 23:30 BST.

Make, the Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival (WAF) have come together to create a prize for architectural drawing. The Prize recognises the continuing importance of hand drawing but also embraces creative use of digitally produced renderings.

The Architecture Drawing Prize welcomes entries from architects, designers and students from around the world while celebrating drawing’s significance as a tool in capturing and communicating ideas.

QUIKRETE One Bag Wonder 2.0 Project Contest

12:55 - 20 June, 2017
QUIKRETE One Bag Wonder 2.0 Project  Contest

For $2500, what can you do with one, single bag of any QUIKRETE Concrete Mix?

The QUIKRETE One Bag Wonder 2.0 contest challenges users to create a project, using just ONE bag of (any) QUIKRETE mix - Mix mediums. Mix design styles. Even add color.

The bag's the only limit.

From Pastel Pink to Pastel Blue: Why Colorful Architecture is Nothing New

04:00 - 23 May, 2017
From Pastel Pink to Pastel Blue: Why Colorful Architecture is Nothing New, Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, Kensington, by Halsey Ricardo (1905-1908). Image Courtesy of Hidden London
Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, Kensington, by Halsey Ricardo (1905-1908). Image Courtesy of Hidden London

In this essay by the British architect and academic Dr. Timothy Brittain-Catlin, the fascinating journey that color has taken throughout history to the present day—oscillating between religious virtuosity and puritan fear—is unpicked and explained. You can read Brittain-Catlin's essay on British postmodernism, here.

Like blushing virgins, the better architecture students of about ten years ago started to use coy colors in their drawings: pastel pink, pastel blue, pastel green; quite a lot of grey, some gold: a little like the least-bad wrapping paper from a high street store. Now step back and look at a real colored building – William Butterfield’s All Saints’ Church, Margaret Street, London, or Keble College, Oxford, or the interior of A.W.N. Pugin’s church of St. Giles in Cheadle, UK. They blow you away with blasts of unabashed, rich color covering every square millimetre of the space.

QUIKRETE One Bag Wonder

11:00 - 3 August, 2016
QUIKRETE One Bag Wonder

For $2500, what can you do with one single bag of any QUIKRETE® Concrete Mix? From traditional home improvement projects to fixtures of modern décor, project ideas using QUIKRETE are limitless. We wonder - What will you create with ONE bag of QUIKRETE...

Dolls’ House Designs for KIDS Unveiled

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
Dolls’ House Designs for KIDS Unveiled, Adjaye Associates. Image Courtesy of A Dolls' House
Adjaye Associates. Image Courtesy of A Dolls' House

Inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922, twenty British practices are each designing a contemporary dolls’ house in aid of the disabled childrens’ charity KIDS. Each version will sit on a 750mm square plinth to be auctioned at Bonham's on the 11th November and contains one feature which would make life easier for a disabled child. Among the participating practices is Zaha Hadid Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. FAT will also be working with Turner Prize recipient Grayson Perry CBE, and Studio Egret West with artist Andrew Logan.

See all the entries after the break...